Fall 2019: WordCamps & meetups are back on the calendar!

Happy Monday!

We’re nearing the end of the summer and my attention is turning to the fall.

Autumn is a busy season for community groups. Attendance picks up as fair weather gives way to grey skies. Meetups, conferences, and other indoor events fill the calendar through to the new year.

I’m joining my friend Brent Kobayashi on August 27th to co-host the first of a new monthly meetup series. We’ll talk about building WordPress sites for not-for-profit organizations. I haven’t done much NFP work in a while and I’m eager to jump into the conversation.

Also coming up, I’ll be:

Co-hosting WP Durham’s Fall Social meetup on September 5th. We’ll be at Brock St. Espresso in Whitby, which is fantastic, because it combines two of my favourite things: websites and coffee.

Keynoting WordCamp Rochester 2019 on October 5th. I’ll be talking about the history of WordPress as a platform and as a community, and where we can go from here in 2020 and beyond.

Speaking at WordCamp Niagara 2019. My session is a step-by-step walkthrough for building a community hub website with WordPress.

Co-hosting the “Grow Your Meetup!” workshop at WordCamp US 2019 on November 1st alongside some talented organizer friends.

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Thinking out loud: Am I trying to do too much?

I spend a lot of time thinking and reading about ways to better manage my daily tasks and ongoing projects.

I follow a version of the Getting Things Done method, albeit using more inboxes than I should. And I swear by my calendars, both in Outlook and iCloud, timeboxing everything.

Yet it still doesn’t feel like I’m doing enough. I still find myself running out of time and not doing everything that I want to do.

Maybe I’m trying to do too much? Maybe I’m managing my time as best I can, but I’m just adding too many new things to my personal backlog?

When I was in high school I had a teacher tell me that I never finish the things that I start. It bothered me — hell, it still bothers me — but I get where he’s coming from.

I start a lot of things because there are a lot of things that I want to try. But unless I feel compelled to keep something going, I’ll just let it die on the vine instead.

Podcasting. Streaming. Books. Webcomics. Websites. I start them and cherish them for a while. Then I abandon them like digital detritus to some forgotten folder in Google Docs or OneDrive.

Should I not start new things? I’ve thought about that, too. But starting new things gives me energy and gets the gears going.

So what’s the answer? I don’t know. But I’m gonna keep trying.

My latest iteration is to keep track of my commitments through Microsoft Planner. It’s bundled into Office 365 (what we use at work). It looks like Trello but has more functionality for reporting and communications.

It may not be a solution to all my problems, but for the work-related projects, I hope it’ll help.

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What’s the deal with Tumblr?

Automattic’s Tumblr acquisition caught us all off guard last week. I joined the Twitterati reaction to pontificate on the future of Tumblr.

We shared predictions over Twitter without thinking much about existing Tumblr community. So I logged back into Tumblr for the first time in years and hit the trending/discover page. 

It offered a good snapshot, I imagine, of today’s Tumblr community. Memes, risque fan art, kpop, LGBTQ content. Peppered between the popular posts were out-of-place pieces from Yahoo and old media brands.

So how does it fit within Automattic?

The Verge published an interview with Matt Mullenweg, the new owner (adopted parent?) of Tumblr. My takeaway is that Matt sees Tumblr as a sort of throwback to The Old Web era. Think LiveJournal, AIM, chatrooms, message boards.

Tumblr = Network of personal zines & creative work
WordPress.com = Network of blogs and online publications

Automattic could apply the WordPress.com business model to Tumblr. They could monetize new features and upgrades instead of monetizing personal data. They could embrace anonymity and privacy instead of exploiting trust and connections.

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Other stuff…

There’s some great new stuff on the GoDaddy Blog:

That’s it for now! Have a great week.

Andy

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